COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M Aggies have a plethora of promotions slated for the opening weekend of the 2014 soccer season as the Maroon and White host the Dayton Flyers on Friday and the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks on Sunday.
The season opens up with Friday’s SEC Champs Celebration slated for 7 pm. Prior to the Aggies’ tilt against Dayton, there will a pregame recognition and championship board unveiling. Fans will have an opportunity to take pictures with the 2013 SEC regular-season title and tournament championship trophies on the concourse. The first 50 fans to visit the photo area will receive 2013 team highlight DVDs.
The entertainment carries over to Sunday night when the Aggies host Stephen F. Austin in a 7 pm match. In a welcome back to Aggieland, students can enter to win an opportunity to have their books paid for by Coach G (Barnes & Noble gift card valued at $400). The winner will be announced at halftime. The first 150 kids under 12 to visit the Junior Aggie Club table will receive a youth Aggie Soccer jersey. Like every home Sunday at Ellis Field, it’s Take A Kid to the Game Day as up to four children (12 and under) are admitted free with the purchase of one adult general admission ticket on the day of the match.
Texas A&M returns 18 letterwinners, including 10 starters, from the 2013 campaign and returnees account for 54 of the Aggies’ 56 goals last season. The list of returnees includes a pair of former NSCAA All-Americans in Meghan Streight (2012) and Shea Groom (2013), as well as All-SEC performers Jordan Day, Leigh Edwards, Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue.
The Aggies finished the 2013 season ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. A&M posted an 18-5-2 record for the year, claimed their first-ever SEC regular-season title with a 9-2-0 league ledger and captured an SEC Tournament crown. The Maroon and White appeared in their 19th consecutive NCAA Division I Championship, advanced to the second round for the 16th consecutive year and appeared in the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in program history.
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